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Classic Secrets of Magic

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Classic Secrets of Magic
AuthorBruce Elliott
PublisherHarper & Brothers
IllustratorStanley Jaks
Publication Date1953

Classic Secrets of Magic is a compendium of some of the greatest effects in magic at the time, released by a mainstream publisher.

A few notable names that appear in the book are Dai Vernon, Jay Marshall, Lee Noble, Walter Gibson,Joe Berg, Cy Endfield, Charlie Miller and Roy Benson.

It contains card revelations; the rice bowls; a wine glass production; paddle move work, including Dr. Sachs' Dice Routine; versions of the Four Ace trick; the Miser's Dream; Egg Bag; Chink-a-Chink; effects with razor blades, matches and billiard balls. It also includes Elliott's version of the Ambitious Card, Charlie Miller's cups and balls and Roy Benson's bowl routine.[1]

Some magicians were not happy at time for his "exposure". The book even had a "read and return guarantee" promotion. However, the promotion was not national. It was done through the mail, with the mailing list given to Harper's by Elliott.[2]

Reviewed in Genii 1953 February.


  • ix Preface: Introduction to the book by Bruce Elliot, September 1952
  • 1 Chapter 1: The Spectator's Card is Produced!
  • 13 Chapter 2: Corncobs: Multiplying smoking pipes
  • 19 Chapter 3: Water Water Everywhere, The Rice Bowls and One Other
  • 32 Chapter 4: The Very Peripatetic Paddle
  • 47 Chapter 5: Those Four Aces:
  • 70 Chapter 6: Miser's Dream Come True
  • 82 Chapter 7: The Egg Bag, Well Done
  • 93 Chapter 8: The Two Covers and the Four Objects: Chink A Chink type effects
  • 109 Chapter 9: Billiards, Magic Style
  • 136 Chapter 10: Razor Sharp: Linking razor blades from the mouth
  • 144 Chapter 11: The Ambitious Card
  • 159 Chapter 12: The Eternal Cups & Balls:
  • 199 In Conclusion
  • 203 Appendix


  2. Phoenix, No. 297, April 17, 1953

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